It’s shaping up to be a remarkably busy Fall here at Wethersfield Historical Society. What follows is a list of events and all the relevant details so you’ll be able to mark your calendars and not miss any of our exciting upcoming events. Please check back here frequently for updates and more detailed information as it becomes available.
Thursday, October 10 1:00 pm / Saturday, October 12 10:00 am Wethersfield Historical Society Research Librarian and long-time Wethersfield resident Martha Smart conducts the last two Ancient Burying Ground Tours of the season. Learn about the history of Wethersfield from the lives of the people who lived here. This tour explores the rich and varied lives of the men and women who made Wethersfield their home and ultimately their final resting place. Admission is $5.00 to the general public and free to members of Wethersfield Historical Society. Tours meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot, 250 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.
Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th beginning at 6:30 pm Tenth Annual Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours Wethersfield Historical Society guides visitors through the town’s Ancient Burying Ground and other sites in a theatrical exploration of Wethersfield history, as told by several of its deceased residents. In honor of the 10th Anniversary, all the historical figures on this year’s program have been drawn from Lantern Light Tours past, although this particular collection of characters (and the actors portraying them) have never appeared together before. The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 with hot cider and cookies. In the event of inclement weather, October 20th has been scheduled as a rain date.
Timed tickets go on sale September 19th and are available by clicking here or by calling or stopping by the front desk at the Old Academy, 150 Main Street, Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20. Tours are not recommended for children under 13. Advanced tickets are recommended as tours sell out quickly. Tours are an hour long and begin at 6:30pm, leaving every 15 minutes thereafter until 8pm.
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm Bob Steele on the Radio: The Life of Connecticut’s Beloved Broadcaster In a lecture presented by the Wethersfield Historical Society, author Paul Hensler will speak about his biography of broadcasting legend Bob Steele. Admission $5.00, Free to Wethersfield Historical Society members. Copies of the book will be available for purchase to attendees for a discounted price.
Thursday, December 5, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Holidays on Main As part of Holidays on Main, the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 will be open to the public. Stop in and view exhibits, including the latest addition, Wethersfield Wedding Tradions. Children’s holiday-decorated trees will be on display. Have some free cider and stop by the popular Attic Treasures sale. Home-made cookies will be available for purchase. The Hurlbut-Dunham House, 212 Main Street, will be open from 6-8 pm. The elegant, former home of Jane and Howard Dunham will be decorated for an 1890s Christmas. Admission is free, donations appreciated.
The society is also having a toy drive. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be donated to a local charity. The collection box is located by the main desk at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center.
Saturday, December 7 & 14 and Sunday December 8 & 15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Hurlbut-Dunham House, festively decorated for an 1890s Christmas will be open for holiday tours. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.